For the first time ever, the Chinese government sponsored website chinamil.com.cn has posted a teaser image of the new aircraft which is covered in cloth. The image is a screenshot from a video released by the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) on WeChat, the Chinese version of WhatsApp.
According to the China Military website, footage of the H-20 lasting only 6 seconds in duration was placed at the end of the video ''in an unmistakable attempt to highlight the plane's significance and mystery".
China Military also quotes General Ma Xiaotian, the former Chief of the Chinese Air Force saying "we are now developing a new-generation, long range strike bomber that you will see sometime in the future".
The release of the footage is a clear show of confidence in the ability of China's aviation industry in developing the most sophisticated aviation designs. "I think the new bomber will be unveiled to the public in the near future," Shi Jian of Aviation World Monthly magazine told the China Military website. "It is not uncommon for the PLA (People's Liberation Army Air Force) to make public its top weapons before their delivery thanks to the increased level of transparency and confidence brought about by our technological advancement," said Shi.
China has made rapid strides in developing stealth aircraft, jets that are difficult, if not impossible, to detect on radar. This means that these aircraft can penetrate enemy airspace and hit targets on the ground or attack other aircraft in the air without being tracked themselves.
At the moment, China has deployed its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, a single seat, twin-engined jet with a distinctly stealthy design. The J-20 is the third stealth fighter presently in service.
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